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Central Asia - Pure Photos (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. KL__07

    KL__07 ride your own way

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    Walter

    as always: pictures and story deserve a 5 * rating.
    Many thanks :clap

    Got a call in the car from my best mate on monday, he said what about mongolia, i replied lets do the stans. I sent him your threads, what else :lol3 ?

    Keep it coming :deal

    Klaus
  2. Baja Bob

    Baja Bob 2wheel Addict

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    You have done it again,
    excellent!!!
  3. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    Amazing pics as usual and I agree that the pics with green are much more appealing to my eye than the barren rocks ......... however the panoramic effect of those barren mountain ranges is super impressive.

    How did Tony take a spill? Looks like a mini river crossing

    Soto
  4. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    I went over on a muddy track nearby. An unlocked pannier had worked loose and was partly dragging along.

    My first spill for quite a few years but the first of many, many in the following 3 months !

    We didn't cross that river. I used it to wash things a bit and repack the pannier that had spilled open - you will note it is sparkling clean, unlike the rest of me !
  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Out on the grassland near the Altai town of Ust Kan:

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  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    First me ...

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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Back on the main road, the M52, the "Chuisky Trakt", the highway through the Altai that leads to Mongolia ...

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  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The last town on the Chuisky Trakt and the staging post for our next mission - heading into Tuva!

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  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    In Kosh Agach we had our last cooked meal for quite a few days:

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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  15. El-Dracho

    El-Dracho Africa Twin RD07a

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    Fantastic pics, dude. :clap Keep it coming!
  16. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Fantastic! Thanks for taking us along... :clap :clap :clap

    Thanks for the info on the camera settings you are using. One more question and I'll let it go... What picture quality are you using? I assume large/fine jpeg, but do you also take a RAW file to tweak later?

    Looking forward to your 2010 travels!!!


    Lance
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Basically yes ... large fine jpeg, and sometimes RAW as well, but not all the time. I probably should have taken RAW all the time, but as the laptop I had with me couldnt handle lightroom and RAW files, I was a bit short sighted and didnt always bother with it.
  18. GreeKKTiNoS

    GreeKKTiNoS Been here awhile

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  19. BLH

    BLH Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing! I travel to Kazakhstan several times per year, and now after seeing your' report my wife is much more interested in going over with me. I am, of course, telling her that my pictures would look like yours if she bought me a new camera (please don't tell her that it has a lot more to do with the workman than the tool)

    Almaty has some of the worst traffic (aggressive drivers) I have ever seen, how was it on the bike?
  20. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well after a while in these kinda countries you get used to it, and get used how drivers behave. I think it doesnt really matter how mad the driving appears, once you get tuned into the regional driving mindset and can predict what people actually might do, it becomes a lot safer. The problem is the transition - the first few weeks ... when you are expecting cars to behave like they do in more developed parts of the world, yet physically in a place where they do not behave like that. I think after a couple of continuous months on the road in the developing world, there are a lot fewer surprises than there are when you first get there.

    Doesnt mean you are safe of course, but you become a lot safer than when everything seems chaotic and unpredictable.

    I hooked up with the Motors (aka My Town Motors / KZ Motors) bike garage / bar and spent a fair with of time with Head Honcho Leonid and his young chief mechanic Sergei (both pictured below).

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